AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Europe to Cut CO2 with Dinky Diesels

April 22nd, 2008 at 5:16pm

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Over in Europe they plan to dramatically boost fuel economy and drastically cut CO2 with dinky little diesel engines.

Even though European cars get terrific fuel economy, largely thanks to fuel prices that are a lot higher than ours, they still need to do better. European automakers face extremely strict limits on CO2 emissions.

So the next generation of diesels in Europe will have an average displacement of only 1.5-liters, versus an average of about 2-liters today. But they’ll have plenty of power thanks to aggressive turbo charging strategies.

And many of them will have what they call micro-hybrid technology which uses simple stop-start technology. That turns the engine off when you’re at a red light. In fact, the Europeans claim that within a decade they’ll have millions more micro-hybrids than either the U.S. or Japan.

One Comment to “AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Europe to Cut CO2 with Dinky Diesels”

  1. Henryk Mongiało Says:

    Meaninglessly is car with a diesel engine the price of oil and benzines is such himself {alone}